Experts investigating alleged breach of IT security at hospital in Northamptonshire

An investigation has been launched
An investigation has been launched

An investigation has been launched following reports of an alleged breach of IT security at Kettering General Hospital.

The hospital was recently made aware of the alleged breach and has since called in a specialist team to investigate whether the hospital’s computer system has been compromised.

It has been claimed by SC Magazine that the hospital suffered a breach which left it authenticating spam for a well-known Russian hacking group.

However, this allegation has not been confirmed by any of the organisations or authorities involved in the investigation.

The Northants Telegraph contacted the hospital and a spokesman for Kettering General Hospital said: “We were made aware that there was an allegation that the IT security had been breached.

“It has been taken really seriously.

“There’s a team that is responding to this and we are investigating it.”

The spokesman added that it has been reported to the police.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “We can confirm that we have received a report of a possible network intrusion at Kettering General Hospital.

“EMSOU Regional Cyber Crime Unit have started a full investigation.”

A spokesman for the Information Commissioner’s Office, which is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals, said: “We have received a complaint about Kettering Hospital and are making inquiries.”